Gabe Klein presents findings of his study for Charleston on Monday, Sept. 22, 6pm, at the Charleston Museum. Recognized as one of the country's most progressive thinkers on urban transportation, he was commissioned to help shed new light on downtown Charleston's mobility discussion.
Charleston's BAR granted preliminary approval to the Flagship 3 last night in a unanimous vote. Congratulations to Ernest Andrade, Rush Dixon Architect and the staff here at Design Division who have all worked together to create an employment-ready district on the Charleston peninsula.
(Rendering: Design Division/Rush Dixon Architects)
During two weeks in July and August 2014, we undertook a comprehensive study of the physical form of the Upper Peninsula area, between Huger, Meeting and Morrison. We presented the results to the public July 31st at the Longshoreman's Hall. If you weren't there, feel free to contact us for a personal update, or download our presentation slides for your own review.
This summer we were joined by two talented interns, who have just departed for bigger things. Thanks to Rachel Powell, who is returning to Clemson University to finish her 5th year of landscape architecture undergraduate study (after a stopover in Kuala Lumpur) and Arif Javed who will go on to 3 years of graduate architecture study at Pratt in Brooklyn after a cross-country road trip. We're expecting big things from you both.
Even though we've been on the job for a few months, we're are finally ready to announce our new positions at the Design Division. If you had heard of us before, this office was formerly known as the Civic Design Center, and was created by Mayor Joe Riley in 2001 to engage the community in planning and design related matters.
In 2014, Jacob Lindsey was selected as the new Director, and has undertaken a number of changes. First and foremost is our new name, which reflects the organization's structure, as a division of our Planning department. Being located under Planning lets us coordinate more closely on key planning issues.
Second is our new staff: David Herrero has been selected as our staff urban designer.
Third, and most important, is our new, simplified mission: to build a better city through design.